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News of  August 01, 2000
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GM Metal Fabricating Division Announces Executive Appointments
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Troy, Mich. - General Motors Metal Fabricating Division (MFD) officials announced a number of executive moves at its plants and headquarters. The following changes are effective August 1, 2000:  

  • Jeffrey L. Hughes, plant manager of the Indianapolis Metal Center, is named executive director of manufacturing operations at GM of China in Shanghai. 
  • Max E. Miller, plant manager of the Lansing Metal Center, becomes manager of the Indianapolis Metal Center, replacing Hughes. 
  • John E. Donahoe, program manager of cars, replaces Miller as plant manager of the Lansing Metal Center. 
  • James J. Glynn, director of industrial engineering, is appointed program manager of cars, replacing Donahoe. 
  • Joseph N. Vermeesch, assistant plant manager of the Lansing Metal Center, is named director of industrial engineering, replacing Glynn. 
  • Betty J. Romsek, director of production control and logistics, moves to the Lansing Metal Center as assistant plant manager, replacing Vermeesch. Romsek's replacement will be announced at a later date. 
  • William K. Morrison, plant manager of the Fairfax Contiguous Stamping Plant, is named area manager at the Flint Metal Center, replacing Stu Spiers. Spiers recently moved to GM's Engineering Center in Warren, Mich., as director of global engineering process integration. 
  • Ronald E. Hill, quality manager at the Grand Blanc Metal Center, becomes plant manager at the Fairfax Contiguous Stamping Plant, replacing Morrison. 

Jeffrey L. Hughes, 46, came to General Motors in 1972 as a GMI co-operative student at the Indianapolis, Ind., Metal Center. His career progression there includes various assignments of increasing responsibility in tool and die, methods engineering, and production. He also served as master mechanic and assistant plant manager. Hughes moved to the Marion, Ind., Metal Center in 1994 as assistant plant manager and he became the plant manager in 1996. In April 1997, Hughes assumed the same position at the Indianapolis Plant, the position he currently holds. Hughes has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from GMI and a master's degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University.  

Max E. Miller, 51, started his General Motors career in 1976 as an associate methods engineer at Oldsmobile Division in Lansing, Mich. From 1978 to 1985, he served in various manufacturing positions in the engine operations at Oldsmobile. In 1985, Miller transferred to the Pittsburgh, Pa., Metal Center as general superintendent, and he returned to Lansing in 1987 as assistant chief engineer. In 1992, Miller was appointed to his current position as plant manager of the Lansing Metal Center. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.

John E. Donahoe, 48, began his General Motors career in 1977 at Oldsmobile Division in Lansing, Mich., as an associate methods analyst. Until 1991, he held various positions in production, engineering and business planning at Oldsmobile and Worldwide Production Planning in Detroit. In 1991, Donahoe was named director of manufacturing engineering at the Lordstown, Ohio, Metal Center and he became assistant plant manager in 1994. In May 1998, Donahoe assumed his current position as program manager of cars at MFD Headquarters in Troy, Mich. Donahoe holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  

James J. Glynn, 42, started with General Motors in 1978 as a college co-operative student at Chevrolet Division in Tonawanda, N.Y. His career progression includes various engineering, production and quality assignments at the former Rochester Products Division and the Mansfield, Ohio, Grand Blanc, Mich., and Parma, Ohio, Metal Centers. Glynn moved to MFD's Headquarters as director of industrial engineering in April 1999. Glynn holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and a master's degree in industrial engineering from Ohio State University.  

Joseph N.Vermeesch, 42, joined General Motors in 1975 as a college co-operative student at GM Powertrain Division in Detroit. During his career, he held engineering and production assignments at C-P-C Pontiac, Mich.; NUMMI, GM's Fremont, Calif., joint venture with Toyota, and GM's Advanced Engineering Staff and the Electric Vehicle Program, both in Warren, Mich. From 1993 to 1996, Vermeesch served as program manager of contiguous stamping at GM de Mexico's Saltillo facility. In 1996, he was named director of manufacturing engineering at the Lansing Metal Center and he became assistant plant manager in 1999. Vermeesch holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from GMI and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.  

Betty J. Romsek, 41, started with General Motors in 1977 as a college co-operative student in the material/production control area at the Lansing Automotive Division. Her career includes assignments in production control and purchasing at the Lansing Metal Center and the Lansing Assembly Plant. She moved to her current position at MFD's Headquarters in 1999 as director of production control and logistics. A graduate of GMI, Romsek holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a master's degree in industrial relations from Michigan State University.

William K. Morrison, 38, joined General Motors in 1993 as administrator of lean manufacturing at GM of Canada. Before that, he had vast manufacturing experience at Daimler-Chrysler and Toyota. In 1994, Morrison was named assistant plant manager at the Oshawa South Stamping facility, and he became area manager in 1997. Later that year, Morrison assumed his current position as plant manager at the Fairfax Metal Center in Fairfax, Kan. Morrison holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Nova Scotia Technical College.  

Ronald E. Hill, 37, began his GM career in 1986 as a college graduate-in-training at the Flint, Mich., Metal Center. From 1987 to 1998, he moved through numerous manufacturing assignments, progressing from supervisor to superintendent of production. In 1998, Hill transferred to the Grand Blanc Metal Center as superintendent of the Press Room, becoming quality manager in 1999. Hill earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Michigan State University.  

(July 27, 2000)

 

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